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The Lines We Cross

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Lines We Cross
The Lines We Cross

This is a young adult story about a girl who is an Afghan refugee in Australia and a boy, Michael, whose parents are very involved in an Aussie Values group that stands against accepting refugees.  Their paths cross at a protest and then again at school and they begin to get to know each other.  As they do, Michael begins to get a better understanding of what it means to be a refugee and who they are.  It is a timely novel, given the situation in today's world.  The Australian setting was also interesting to me because it is so similar to things we hear in the United States.  It was a quick and thought provoking read.

Laura G., Youth Services

Defy the Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars

This is a teen science fiction story that I found very enjoyable.  It appears to be the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Neomi is a young soldier defending her planet from Earth.  Abel is a one of a kind “mech” or robot who was left behind for 30 years in an abandoned space ship.  They meet as a result of a battle and start on an adventure to save her planet by sacrificing Abel.   Along the way they learn about the politics of the solar system as well as themselves.  There’s plenty of adventure, just a bit of romance and an ending that leaves you waiting for more.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Being Jazz

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Jazz Jennings
Being Jazz

I chose to read this book to see if I could get a better understanding of what being transgender means.  It’s written by a teen transgender girl.  Jazz was born a boy but knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a girl.  Her parents allowed her to live as a girl beginning around age 4.  This book tells the story of her life from infancy to about 15.  It was interesting insight into the world of transgender people.  The writing was so-so but it did hold my interest all the way through the book.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Vietnam: A History of the War

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Russell Freedman
Vietnam: A History of the War

I usually enjoy books by Russell Freedman and this one caught my eye. I was a child during the time of the Vietnam War: old enough to be aware of it, but too young to understand any of the politics behind it. The author did a great job of explaining the history of Vietnam and things that led up to the U.S. war in the country. Facts were presented in a clear and very readable manner. I learned a lot!

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Laura G., Youth Services

When Breath Becomes Air

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air

This is a memoir of a 36-year-old man who is “at the top of his game” when his life is turned on its end. In his final year of a neurosurgery residency at a prestigious hospital, Paul Kalanithi is diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. His writing is beautiful as he documents his journey from being a neurosurgeon dealing with dying patients from a professional standpoint to a patient looking his own death in the eye. It’s a quick read and well written. The epilogue is by his wife Lucy. It made me cry but left me with hope.

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Laura G., Youth Services

The Lake House

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Kate Morton
The Lake House

This was the first book I’ve read by Kate Morton and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a mystery revolving around the disappearance of a young boy from his nursery in Cornwall in the early 1930s. After the boy disappears, the house is closed up and the family does not return until a London detective comes upon it on her holiday. The author does a wonderful job of weaving together several storylines and keeps you guessing. Everything is tied up very neatly in the end; some might say too neatly but I like my happy endings!

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Laura G., Youth Services

These Broken Stars

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars has a little bit of everything in it:  science fiction, romance, steampunk…  The story begins aboard a massive luxury spaceliner (think Titanic) which quickly encounters disaster.  Two very different people are the only survivors.  They land on a beautiful but, apparently, deserted planet.  Lilac and Tarver are forced to rely on each other to survive and find a way home.  I thought the book was well written and enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to the next one. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

These Broken Stars

Monday, October 5, 2015
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars has a little bit of everything in it:  science fiction, romance, steampunk…  The story begins aboard a massive luxury spaceliner (think Titanic) which quickly encounters disaster.  Two very different people are the only survivors.  They land on a beautiful but, apparently, deserted planet.  Lilac and Tarver are forced to rely on each other to survive and find a way home.  I thought the book was well written and enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to the next one.   Laura G., Youth Services           Check our Catalog

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

Monday, March 9, 2015
Atul Gawande
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End
This book was a thought provoking look at aging, dying, our medical system and quality of life.  It doesn’t matter if we live our lives eating all the right food and doing all the right things; at some point our bodies will begin to break down.  In our current medical system the goal is always to prolong live no matter what.  The author’s premise is that we need to have hard conversations and talk to those we love about what is most important to them and what quality of life are they willing to live to keep on going.  Do we want to add more “life to our years or years to our life” and what physical and emotional cost are we willing to bear?  
 
I’m not a big non-fiction fan and I really enjoyed this.  The author brings a lot of personal experience into the book which makes for an interesting read.  Check our Catalog
Laura G. Youth Services
 

Gameboard of the Gods

Monday, October 27, 2014
Richelle Mead
Gameboard of the Gods

Richelle Mead has been a popular YA author.  This book is her first foray into adult books.  It’s also a different genre for her to write.  This is a science fiction novel set in a futuristic world that was almost destroyed by religious zealots.  In the new world, religion is tightly controlled and frowned upon by the majority.  Two very different people are put together to research what appear to be supernatural happenings in a world that doesn’t believe in the supernatural.  It was hard to piece together where things were going but it was an enjoyable read.  I’m waiting for the next one just to see what happens.

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Laura G., Youth Services

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